WHCC 179-9 dec - I Meyer 61
By Simon Vicos
For the first time so far this season we managed to keep the same opening pair!. Unfortunately yet again we failed to get a reasonable start as Gibbers was out leg before and Ross was ridiculously given out caught behind for 12 having hit his pad with his bat, maybe it was the 10 second appeal that swayed the umpire.
So once more Glenn and Quaggy were together at the crease with us having less than 20 on the board. Both seemed in fine form and Glenn breezed into the 40’s again before he was caught. Regan soon got going and played some smart shots before he was out in the 30’s. Adam could not repeat his efforts of last week and offered a simple catch. Quaggy was still going well and soon afterwards passed his fifty, with Dikko accompanying him at the crease with 9 overs left we were very handily placed at 155-4. You felt if Dikko had got himself going we could have passed 200 before the 55 over mark. However it was not to be, a clutch of wickets slowed the scoring and once Quaggy was out for an excellent 62 it became apparent that 175 would be a good score. We were treated to the sight of Damo striding out to the wicket in 20/20 style having been promoted to number 10. However he was soon striding back quite quickly but in the end our 179-9 wasn’t too bad, it was by far and away the best batting performance of the season. The general feeling at tea was that if we bowled well and fielded well then we had a good chance of winning the game.
We made a great start as Ross at last began to earn me some fantasy league points and bowled one of the openers, Roger repeated the trick by removing the other opener, also clean bowled. Glenn soon made it 3 and Chessington were wobbling at 30-3, things were looking good. However, the 4th wicket pairing began to settle in and after an hour where very few runs were scored, they began to start playing a few shots. A few catches went down and there were one or two examples of shoddy fielding as we let Chessington off the hook when we should have cranked the pressure up a couple of notches.
With 130 on the board, Ross was brought back into the attack and picked up another wicket thanks to Gibbers clinging on to one that had been skied. However, a game that had looked like a draw for a long time was slipping away from us with increasing rapidity as the boundaries began to flow. A further wicket fell with Chessington needing another 8 and in the end they cruised past the target for the loss of only 5 wickets.
To be fair to Chessington they had recovered well from a bad start and timed the increase in the scoring rate just right. For our part it was good to see three of the top 6 contribute 140 to our score and actually give us something to have a bowl at. It was a shame that for once our bowling couldn’t do it for us, but so many times this season they have, and will deliver.
Having seen all the results elsewhere we, along with 3 other clubs are in danger of becoming a bit detached from the rest. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, a third of the season has already gone and we have some good sides to play.